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Research Time Management

Organize your research projects by learning new time management and project management skills. You will learn how to break down research projects, set up a schedule for time management, and create a step-by-step process with a timeline to get it done.

Write a Project Plan/Timeline

What do you think about first when managing your research projects?
Style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.): 0 votes (0%)
Final due date: 5 votes (23.81%)
How long the paper or presentation needs to be: 2 votes (9.52%)
Draft due date: 1 votes (4.76%)
Setting aside time for research: 1 votes (4.76%)
Designating time for writing: 3 votes (14.29%)
Allowing time for with proof reading: 1 votes (4.76%)
Some of the above: 5 votes (23.81%)
All of the above: 1 votes (4.76%)
Other: 2 votes (9.52%)
Total Votes: 21

Create a Project Plan by Creating a Project Timeline 



  • Break down your projects.
  • Create smaller tasks
  • Identify specific deadlines for smaller tasks

Take a look at this sample research timeline. This sample timeline shows you how to break down tasks over time.

  • Work backwards from the due date and create a timeline 
  • Target for what you want to accomplish and when
  • In a group project? Use the timeline to assign tasks to group members and agree on when specific parts will be done.  



Target dates

   Research tasks

    Get help

Final paper due!

  • April 22

  • Submit your final project

  • Relax!


1-3 days before

  • April 18-21
  • Edit and proofread your paper
  • Double-check the requirements


1 week before

  • April 11-18
  • Continue to revise your project
  • Verify references and citations


Draft due!

  • April 8

  • Draft Due!
  • Double-check requirements


2 weeks before

  • April 3-7
  • Work on your rough draft
  • Appropriately incorporate and cite paraphrased ideas and quotes
  • Do more research if you do not have enough supporting documentation


2-3 weeks before

  • March 18- April 2
  • Develop an outline
  • Find, read, and evaluate your secondary sources


3- 4 weeks before

  • March 3-17
  • Finalize your research focus
  • Do some initial, background research


Semester Starts

  • January 7
  • Check the syllabus for important project dates
  • Complete a research project summary and create a timeline


Total Votes: 0

Strategies for multi-semester projects

Research Time Management for Multi-semester Projects

Strategies for a longer research project are similar to short projects: identify the scope, break the project down into smaller stages, target deadlines.